Living Well is Both a Discipline and an Art

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Features | 0 comments

During my quiet time this morning, I stumbled into this verse:

He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest of vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. ~Isaiah 5:2

As I meditated on this verse, it dawned on me that parent-educators — all parents, in fact — are what this verse actually describes. When it comes to the lives of our children, we are dedicated, committed and passionate in making sure that our children will find fulfillment and success in life when they ripen. And so, we diligently and persistently do the groundwork: we make the preparations, we till the soil, we lay down the foundations.

However, the latter got me really thinking. Despite everything we’ve done for and given to them, including the significant 3T’s (time, talent, treasure) of our lives, I wondered why bad fruit is found when good fruit was sought for. I began to question my choices of parental approaches, educational philosophies, career selection and social environment for my child. While these are definite factors, I succumbed to this truth: God will take care of the climate and is ultimately in-charge of my child’s growth.

And so, I went back to our original mandate as parents and parent-educators:

Our part in the fieldwork is to keep digging and clearing and planting and building and cutting… and then looking for that good fruit. Let’s refrain from being worry-warts, hovering and controlling so much so that we become overbearing. God has meant that we — all of us, children and parents alike — be able to live life well.

Dear co-parent / co-parent-educator, in entrusting our children to God and trusting His work in their lives, let’s learn to relax and enjoy His Presence in the present. How do we do this? Let us allow God to show us His ways today, and everyday of our parenting and homeschooling lives!

  1. Concentrate on staying close to God, the Divine Artist.
  2. Discipline your thoughts to trust God as He works His ways in your and your child’s lives.
  3. Pray about EVERYTHING, then leave the outcomes up to God.
  4. Do not fear God’s will, for through it He accomplishes what is best for you and for your child.
  5. Take a deep breath and dive into the depths of absolute trust in God.

Why should you simply take that plunge of absolute trust? Simply because: God IS our child’s teacher.

For his God instructs and teaches him properly. ~Isaiah 28:26

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